Reportedly imminent Celtic signing Ahmad Benali banned for three games after referee clash

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The Libyan international argued with the referee after receiving red against Trapani at the weekend.

Libyan international Ahmad Benali looks set to be on his way to Celtic.

The Bhoys are reportedly set to snap him up ahead of competition from Everton and Real Sociedad, according to a report from TMW.

The Italian source claimed that the midfield talent has accepted a deal with Celtic and will be joining the Glasgow club in the summer.

Benali was born and raised in Manchester. He spent 11 years on the books of Manchester City, spending an unhappy month on loan at Rochdale, but he has built an excellent reputation in Italian football with his performances in Serie B.

The Scottish Premiership side will have to pay a fee for the player. However, given the financial issues surrounding the Serie B side, Celtic will not have to shell out for the 23-year-old, who has played twice for the Libyan national team.

However, since the report came out about Benali he has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. He received a red card against Trapani at the weekend in a Serie B clash - the second dismissal in his young career.

He then got into a slanging match with the referee and as a result is in serious trouble. He has been handed a three-game ban by the Italian authorities, according to a report in StopAndGoal.

It means he will miss games against Pescara, Bologna and Carpi - as Brescia stare relegation to the third tier of Italian football in the face.

His discipline will not worry Celtic fans too much mind. To play in Scotland you need a little bit of that edge to get by. Benali looks like he will give as good as he takes.

As long as he keeps the needle with the players and not the officials, he should do just fine in Glasgow.

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